MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Benefits of cloud-based PLM for machine builders
Colin Watson of Symetri explains how machine builders can benefit from next-generation, cloud-based PLM (product lifecycle management).
Ten things machine builders should know about adhesives
This article highlights ten things that machine builders should know about adhesives, in terms of both the bonding of machine components and the automated application of adhesives.
Customised enclosures can reduce costs
Chris Lloyd, General Manager of Spelsberg UK, explains how customisation services can offer reduced installation costs and increased product quality; and why it can benefit projects of any size.
How to design machine guards to deter defeating of interlocks
Jeremy Procter, a Member of BSI's MCE/3 committee, former Convenor of the European Standards Committee responsible for Machine Guards (CEN TC114 WG11), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains how the careful design of machine guards can successfully discourage the dangerous practice of defeating interlocks during setting, operation and maintenance.
Increased yields can help drive emobility uptake
The benefits of renewable energy sources are well known, and electric cars are not a new concept. However, to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, which will be exhausted in just one century, efficient ways of mass producing the cells need to be established. The electric motor can be up to four times more efficient than the combustion engine. Given the finite nature of fossil fuels, the uptake of electric cars, or emobility as it is now called, is inevitable. However, what does this mean for automation technology? Steve Sands, Product Manager at Festo GB, reviews the current situation.
Don’t take any chances with surge voltages
Surge voltages are short, pulse-like voltage peaks with steep rising edges and are also known as transients. The origin of these transients can be external, for example lightning, but is much more likely to be caused by your own equipment, such as switching of motors or transformers or the interruption of a short circuit by protective measures.
Cast your export net far and wide
If the economic climate of the last few years has taught us anything it is that UK manufacturers cannot rely on the domestic market alone, they must make every effort to maximise exports. Tony Ingham of Sensor Technology says manufacturers must export, but they have to hedge all bets to mitigate the risks.
B&R boosts energy efficiency in plastics processing
Manufacturers in plastics processing and countless other industries are looking for opportunities to further reduce energy consumption. Generally, the potential for savings is high. Those who find ways to tap into this potential stand to gain a sustained economic benefit along with clear competitive advantages.